Thursday, June 02, 2016

Heavy equipment

I've always thought this looked like a fun job.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Colorful Streetscapes in Vegas

More street photography: Random pictures of random people doing random stuff

Pretty girl on a bus.
Tired dogs.
 Old lady riding a Razor scooter.
Cops chillin' outside a convenience store.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Praying Mantis

This giant praying mantis sculpture was built by aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum for Burning Man. It now resides at Container Park on Fremont Street, Las Vegas. It is built atop a dump truck, and is street legal.
It can also move up and down, and has a built in stereo system. An operator sits in a cockpit near the creature's shoulders and makes it shoot fire from its antennae, which can be heard several blocks away, and the warmth can be felt from across the street.


"Meerkats" by Portuguese artist Bordalo II.
 Made from trash, mostly car parts and machinery, affixed to the side of a bus.
It was created for the "Life is Beautiful" art and music festival in 2015, and sits on the corner of Fremont and 8th Streets in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

La Comida

La Comida Mexican restaurant on 6th Street, just off Fremont in Las Vegas. They play particularly good music, particularly loudly.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Metal clock

This cool grandfather type clock in my son's doctor's office stands a little over six feet tall. It is made of various metals, and has several metal balls inside, about five inches across each. The balls sit on a network of metal tracks and look as if they are supposed to roll or do something cool, but as yet I haven't seen it in action.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Anne's Halloween song picks - October 21-31

October 21's spooky sound is Little Demon by Screamin Jay Hawkins. I have to wonder how much of his persona is a marketing gimmick, and how much is just him being his weird self.

October 22: Today's song is Love Potion No. 9 by the Clovers, who appear to be the original artists, recording the song in 1959.

October 23's spooky sound is Witch Doctor by David Seville/Alvin and the Chipmunks.

October 24: There's a line in The Monster Mash where Drac says, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?" Here it is, Transylvania Twist by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers.

October 25: What we don't have here yet is a country song. For your spooky listening pleasure today, this is The Legend of Wooley Swamp by the Charlie Daniels Band.

October 26th's spooky sound is Clap For The Wolfman by the Guess Who, 1974. For you young whippersnappers who don't remember, this song is not actually about the movie monster wolfman. It is about radio DJ Wolfman Jack, who was so popular that if he liked your record, you would definitely go places. Click the link.

October 27: Here's something a little different for you today. It's not a song; in fact, it has no sound at all. It is a silent film from 1896 called The Haunted Castle. Although it apparently was intended to be comical, because of its subject matter it is considered to be the world's first horror film.
Click this Wikipedia link to learn more.
Click THIS link to see the short film on Youtube.

October 28: You know what we don't have here yet? A Halloween rap song. HA! Just kidding! Here's Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels doing Devil With A Blue Dress.

October 29: Gotta love that Fats Waller. As the story goes, Thomas "Fats" Waller (1904-1943) was so good at performing funny novelty songs that when he decided to try his hand at mainstream music, no record company wanted to touch it -- they wanted funny from him, and only funny. You might say he was a victim of his own success. He wrote a great many songs, and did eventually record some serious songs, but he is best known for his fun ones.

Another story says that he was once kidnapped and forced at gunpoint to play at Al Capone's birthday party. He left three days later, very drunk, very tired, and with thousands of dollars in tips.

Here is his song Dry Bones for your listening pleasure.

October 30 -- the day before Halloween! That flew by fast, right? The spooky sound of the day is Superstition by Stevie Wonder. This was filmed in 1973... some of those outfits, lol!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone! Here is This Is Halloween from the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is the Marilyn Manson cover, because I think he puts a little extra "oomph" into the song. Marilyn takes his spookiness very seriously.
Have fun and be safe.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Anne's Halloween Song Picks October 11-20

Continuing with our Halloween spooky sounds...

October 11: Here's a strange old song that should be sweet and innocent, but somehow manages to have an unsettling feel about it. For your listening pleasure, here isThe Teddy Bear's Picnic by Henry Hall and His Orchestra

October 12 spooky sound is Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix.

October 13: One of my favorite songs ever, by the fabulous Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London.

October 14th's spooky sound is the comically bad doo-wop song, Graveyard Cha Cha by the Three D's. Enjoy.

October 15: We're halfway to Halloween. Is your costume ready yet? Today's spooky sound is Spooky Madness by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. (Clicky clicky.)

October 16th's spooky sound comes from one of my favorite cartoons, Phineas and Ferb. In this episode, Phineas tries to cure Isabella's hiccups by scaring her. The show episode is called One Good Scare Ought To Do It; and this particular song from the episode is called One Good Scare Ought To Do Ya Some Good.

October 17 - I woke up this morning with this song playing in my head, so I'll pass it on to you. For your listening pleasure, today's spooky song is Wicked Fascinations by the group Circus Contraption.

Changing gears a little bit, October 18th's spooky song is Evil Gal Blues by the living legend, Aretha Franklin. I did not know she also plays a mean piano. (Clicky clicky.)

October 19: Today's spooky sound is Got My Mojo Working. It has been covered by alot of singers, but the original artist is Ann Cole, recording the song in 1956 and releasing it in 1957.

October 20. Wow, time has really been flying. Today's spooky sound is Haunted House by Jerry Lee Lewis. Say what you want to about his personal life and mental state... that man can play the hell out of a piano.

Here is also the original version by Jerry Fuller.